About Our Childrens Department

The children's area at the Whitley County Public Library is not just a place to find books. It's alive with fun, activity, laughter, and learning every day!

With weekly story times for all ages, plus engaging activities to keep children's imaginations growing, this is a place both you and your child can enjoy. Put on a puppet show with friends, build a skyscraper with our blocks, decorate our dollhouse, discover a new book series, or use the computers to research a school project. We've got all this and more!

We have accelerated Reader Books available for children to check out! We also have the Dolly Parton Imagination Library where kids can enroll and sign up as well. You can also sign your child up for the 1000 books before kindergarten. These are just a handful of programs we have at the Childrens Department. We have programs scheduled each month so be sure to check this page frequently to see what programs and events your child may be interested in.

Upcoming Programs

Lego Club
Lego Club

We will meet every Thursday from 3:00 - 4:30 for Lego Club

Lego Club Information

  • Children will be developing their imagination and learning about engineering
  • Children 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult
  • This is a FREE activity aimed at children 7 - 12 yeas of age
  • Each month is a new theme challenge
Lego Club Will Meet The Following Times In May

May 02, 2024
May 09, 2024
May 16, 2024
May 23, 2024
May 30, 2024

Ms Betty's Storytime
Ms. Betty's Storytime

Come and join Ms. Betty's Storytime every Friday at 10am. Each month there is a new theme for the children to enjoy! StoryTime is a special reading program which is geared specifically for young children. Ms. Betty reads a book each week for the young children and in addition there are special themed craft packets and activities for the kids to enjoy!

MAY Storytime Themes

May 03, 2024:  Pete The Cat's Family road Trip
May 10, 2024:  The Best Mother
May 17, 2024:  The Cow That Got Her Wish
May 24, 2024:  Wake Up, Sun!
May 31, 2024:  Sheep In A Jeep

Special Programs

Education Station - Full Curriculum Pre-K Through Fifth Grade

Educate Station content is created by a team of experienced and passionate educators from across the United States. Our educators bring vast subject-matter expertise, teaching credentials, and many years of experience as classroom teachers and curriculum developers. Through the content we create, we aim to provide ready-to-use, hands-on activities for kids to do at home or at school. The Educate Station team is committed to inspiring joyful learning and supporting kids, teachers, and parents

Dolly Parton Imagination Library

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library is dedicated to inspiring a love of reading by gifting books free of charge to children from birth to age five, through funding shared by Dolly Parton and local community partners in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia and Republic of Ireland.

Inspired by her father’s inability to read and write Dolly started her Imagination Library in 1995 for the children within her home county. Today, her program spans five countries and gifts over 2 million free books each month to children around the world.

Total Kids Registered: 2,526,976+
Total Books Gifted: 211,415,579+

“When I was growing up in the hills of East Tennessee, I knew my dreams would come true. I know there are children in your community with their own dreams. They dream of becoming a doctor or an inventor or a minister. Who knows, maybe there is a little girl whose dream is to be a writer and singer.
The seeds of these dreams are often found in books and the seeds you help plant in your community can grow across the world.”

:: Download Dolly Parton Imagination Library Form ::

:: Download Dolly Parton Imagination Library Flyer ::
1000 Books Before Kindergarten

The 1000 Books Foundation is operated exclusively for charitable, literary, and educational purposes. The objectives of this organization are to promote newborns, infants, and toddlers. We also encourage parent and child bonding through reading.

Numerous studies estimate that as many as one in five children have difficulties learning to read. Reading has been associated as an early indicator of academic success. Public formal education does not typically start until ages 5-6. Before then, parents and caregivers are the first education providers during the 0-5 early critical years. The 1000 Books Before Kindergarten challenge is a simple (read a book, any book to your child, with the goal of reading 1,000 before kindergarten) and very manageable endeavor.

Our goal is to provide a simple, innovative yet fun approach to establishing strong early literacy skills. We help young children gain the confidence necessary to become strong readers.

:: Download 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Form ::

For more information you may contact us using one of the following.

  • 606 549 0818 and ask for Tabitha Meadors
  • Stop by our office
  • Email us at
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